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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com Big East all-freshman team

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Here's good news for Rutgers' future: The Scarlet Knights had the top freshman quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the Big East.

Here's the bad news: Rutgers had one of the top freshman quarterbacks (Tom Savage) and wide receivers (Mohamed Sanu) last season, too, and the Scarlet Knights had their most losses since 2002 this fall.

Rutgers will hope for better next season, but other Big East teams enjoyed turnarounds, thanks to rookie contributors. Syracuse had freshman starters at left tackle, linebacker and kicker, and the Orange are making their first bowl appearance since 2004. Louisville is headed to its first bowl since 2006 thanks to a turnaround on defense led in part by freshmen Hakeem Smith and B.J. Butler.

Smith, a strong safety, is our Big East freshman of the year after playing a key role on a Cardinals defense that finished 12th in the nation in total defense. Our top offensive freshman is Rutgers WR Jeremy Deering, who had a 100-yard rushing day and a 100-yard receiving game this season.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to necessarily be position-specific (i.e., guards, tackles, ends, free safeties, etc.) on our all-freshman teams along the lines and in the secondary.

QB Chas Dodd, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-0/197, true; Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes
RB Jordan Thomas, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-1/205, true; Endicott (N.Y) Union-Endicott
RB Jeremy Wright, Louisville
Particulars: 5-11/199, redshirt; Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge
Particulars: 5-10/195, redshirt; Miramar (Fla.) High
WR Jeremy Deering, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-2/203, true; Tampa Leto
Particulars: 6-4/190, redshirt; Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty
T Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Particulars: 6-5/287, redshirt; Holland (Pa.) Council Rock South
Particulars: 6-5/289, redshirt; Warrentown (Va.) Faquier
G Cole Bowers, West Virginia
Particulars: 6-5/289, true; Ona (W.Va.) Cabell Midland
G Antwan Lowery, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-4/302, redshirt; Miami Columbus
C Macky MacPherson, Syracuse
Particulars: 6-2/256, true; Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy
E B.J. Butler, Louisville
Particulars: 6-2/264, true; Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola
T Shamar Stephen, Connecticut
Particulars: 6-5/300, true; Brookville (N.Y.) Long Island Lutheran
Particulars: 6-1/287, redshirt; Indianapolis Ben Davis
Particulars: 6-3/248, redshirt; Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Particulars: 6-2/230, redshirt; Athens (Ga.) Cedar Shoals
LB Marquis Spruill, Syracuse
Particulars: 6-2/224, true; Hillside (N.J.) High
CB Brodrick Jenkins, West Virginia
Particulars: 5-10/182, redshirt; Fort Myers (Fla.) South Fort Myers
CB Jeremi Wilkes, Syracuse
Particulars: 5-9/177, true; Tampa Catholic
FS Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 6-0/180, redshirt; Jersey City (N.J.) Hudson Catholic
SS Hakeem Smith, Louisville
Particulars: 6-1/175, redshirt; Jonesboro (Ga.) Riverdale
S Mark Joyce, USF
Particulars: 5-10/181, true; DeLand (Fla.) High
K Ross Krautman, Syracuse
Particulars: 5-7/154, true; Franklin Lakes (N.J.) Ramapo
P Cole Wagner, Connecticut
Particulars: 6-2/198, redshirt; York (Pa.) Suburban
KR Jeremy Wright, Louisville
Particulars: 5-11/199, true; Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge
Particulars: 5-10/165, true; Tampa Hillsborough

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